Stygian myth: U.S. riverine operations against the guerrilla
Treadway, Braddock W.
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This thesis examines the application of U.S. riverine warfare tactics against a guerrilla opponent in three unconventional conflicts: the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-42), the Vietnam War (1965-72), and the Colombian Drug War (1989-present). The three cases provide a means to establish tactical trends and constants of riverine warfare. From these trends and constants, the authors present implications for a present and future U.S. riverine warfare capability. Most notably, this thesis dispels the myth that absolute control of a riverine area can be achieved by a small force without resorting to total war. The three case studies provided the means to examine the effectiveness of those tactics that have prevailed throughout the history of riverine operations.
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